Reviews recommend Quicken Deluxe 2010 as the best personal accounting software on the market. Experts say its main improvement over earlier versions of Quicken is enhanced usability, including a new help sidebar. In addition to tracking checking, savings and investment accounts, Quicken Deluxe provides automatic downloads from more online banking sites than any other software. In the 2010 version, a new debt-reduction tool lets you calculate how long it will take to pay off debts based on your monthly payment amount. But reviewers say that those using the 2008 or 2009 version have no reason to upgrade as long as they're satisfied with the version they have. For those who want financial software that supports accounting but emphasizes budgeting, experts recommend You Need A Budget 3 (*Est. $60).
We found the best comparative reviews of Quicken 2010 at TopTenReviews.com and FinanceSoftwareStore.com. Amazon.com has over 160 user ratings and reviews, and PC World, CNET, About.com and FiscalGeek.com have detailed single-product reviews.
The editors of FinanceSoftwareStore.com rate Quicken Deluxe 2010 8.5 out of 10, the highest score given to any software package. A full review of Quicken Deluxe 2010 states that "Quicken Deluxe is a complete personal finance software package which provides all the tools for easy personal finance management. It has a well-designed and intuitive interface and excellent online banking features."
Review: Quicken Deluxe 2010 Review, Editors of FinanceSoftwareStore.com
This review evaluates eight personal finance software products accompanied by a comparison chart. Quicken Starter Edition (2010) is ranked first, followed by Moneydance 2010. Editors like the easy-to-navigate interface, which lets you easily view an overview of your finances.
Review: Personal Finance Software Review, Editors of TopTenReviews.com
There are over 160 user reviews for Quicken Deluxe 2010 here, many of which are negative, in contrast to the glowing professional reviews. Many users report problems upgrading from a previous version; others complain that the 2010 version is no better than the 2007 one, and a few prefer their 2007 versions. However, some say that the software loads easily and that it's easy to use. The average rating is low: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Review: Quicken Deluxe 2010, Contributors to Amazon.com
4. PC World
Yardena Arar assesses Quicken 2010's new features and improvements and rates it 4.5 out of 5. Arar tries Quicken Premier 2010, which is the same as Quicken Deluxe, but with advanced investment tracking options. She likes the newly designed interface, which "reflects the simplified design esthetic of sites such as Rudder and Mint."
Review: Quicken 2010 Takes Cues from the Web, Yardena Arar, Oct. 29, 2009
About.com's guide to financial software says "you will not find new money management tools in Quicken 2010," but you will get "enhanced ease-of-use." Her review is based on Quicken Deluxe 2010; she says the best feature for new users is a help sidebar. Ultimately, she recommends Quicken 2010 for current Quicken users who want to continue using it, but for users of Quicken 2009, she says there's no real reason to update. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Quicken 2010 Review, Shelley Elmblad, Updated Dec. 10, 2009
The editors at CNET are not as enthusiastic about Quicken 2010 as some reviewers are; they write that the updated version "offers little that is substantively new" and rate it 3.5 out of 5. Features they like include the newly designed home page, a start-up wizard to help users install and set up the program and improved transaction categorization. They conclude that Quicken Deluxe 2010 is "a useful… money management app equipped with rich balancing and budgeting tools."
Review: Quicken Deluxe 2010, Editors of CNET
FiscalGeek.com writer "Paul" provides a thorough review of Quicken Deluxe 2010, including screenshots. He likes the software overall, concluding that it does a good job of "tracking all of your basic finances along with your investments…. It's also got enough budgeting horsepower built in that this could be your one stop software application." Over 150 reader comments follow the review.
Review: Quicken 2010 Personal Finance Software Review, "Paul", Oct. 13, 2009